Live-In Social Care, Caregiver | Social care so no one feels isolated and alone in the safety and comfort of home
A recent survey conducted by AARP found that 3 out of 4 adults over the age of 50 wish to remain at home as they age. While living at home certainly has its benefits, the social isolation that often accompanies living alone can increase a senior’s risk for depression, serious health problems, and cognitive decline. But an experienced caregiver social care plan can help prevent any physical or mental decline.
At FCP Live-In, we believe everyone deserves to age with dignity and respect, in the comfort of familiar surroundings. If you’re concerned that an elderly family member is living alone, our customized social care programs, along with our experienced and compassionate caregivers, can provide the companionship and one-on-one assistance that will allow your loved one to enjoy their independence well into the future.
With FCP Live-In, affordable, quality social care really is possible.
Let us treat your loved one like family! Call directly at 1(866) 559-9492.
The Dangers of Living Alone
Human beings were meant to be social. Yet according to the National Institute on Aging, about 28 percent of older adults in the United States, or 13.8 million people, live alone. What’s more, over 40 percent of seniors say they regularly experience feelings of loneliness.
Social isolation among the elderly has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, anxiety and depression, cognitive decline, and even death. This is especially true for those who find themselves alone due to the sudden death of a spouse or partner, unexpected separation from family or friends, forced retirement, onset of mobility issues, or loss of transportation.
Seniors who live alone are also more likely to fall since they don’t have an extra pair of eyes to look out for trip hazards. And they may not be able to summon help on their own if they do experience a fall or other medical emergency.
Older people living on their own are also at greater risk of accidental overdose due to medication mismanagement and may not notice worsening symptoms or signs of an emerging health issue. Feelings of loneliness and depression often cause seniors to miss meals, increasing the potential for malnutrition. The need for personal care assistance also grows as an individual ages.
Options for Preventing Social Isolation
Because older people exhibit improved physical well-being when they remain socially engaged, it’s right to be worried when an elderly loved one lives alone and has limited social interaction. To prevent social isolation, it’s important to visit your loved one frequently; encourage their continuing participation in church/synagogue or faith of their choice or other activities they enjoy; and provide transportation to social engagements if they are unable to drive themselves. Of course, this could be difficult if you work, have your own family to care for, or live far away.
Placing your loved one in a residential care facility is one way to ensure they aren’t spending all their time alone. Nursing homes, for example, offer 24/7 skilled care for those unable to care for themselves. However, this isn’t an appealing option for most people, especially a senior determined to maintain as much independence as possible.
Assisted living facilities, with their private rooms, apartments, or suites might not be a better option for the more independent-minded. These facilities provide minimal personal care assistance, as well as forced social interactions with other residents that might not be for everyone. Also, there’s no guarantee that an older person who prefers to remain at home will adjust well to a residential care setting. In fact, many seniors continue to feel isolated and lonely following such a move, and in some cases, those feelings worsen.
FCP Live-In Social Care, Caregiver
Fortunately, there is a better way! FCP Live-In’s customized and compassionate approach to social care can ensure your loved one receives all of the companionship and one-on-one personal assistance they need to lead a safe and fulfilling lives in the comfort of their own home:
- Friendly conversation about sports, news, and other interests.
- Help with scrapbooking, gardening, and other hobbies.
- Transportation for shopping trips, errands, and social engagements.
- Transportation to medical appointments.
- Medication management.
- Personal care assistance, including help with bathing and toileting, as needed.
- Meal preparation using favorite family recipes.
- Light housekeeping and laundry.
- Encouraging exercise as recommended by their doctor.
- Ensuring you’re apprised of any changes in mental or physical abilities/condition.
In most circumstances, FCP Live-In can provide social care and personal care assistance at every stage of aging through end of life, in coordination with your loved one’s medical providers, and for far less than the cost of assisted living.
And you’ll be able to rest easy knowing every FCP Live-In caregiver has undergone a strict screening and hiring process; is fully credentialed as either a certified nursing assistant, home health aide, or personal care assistant; and provided with ongoing training.
At FCP Live-in, we understand that families depend on our expertise to provide quality care and experiences. If you’re ready to explore the BEST solution for in-home social care, call 1(866) 559-9492.
About FCP Live-In And Our Social Care, Caregiver Services and Support
We have provided the ultimate solution in assisted social care programs since 1997. Our live-in social caregiver services agency is committed to providing a unique and customized In-Home social care services approach to senior care with the goal of a lifestyle that provides enjoyment for the one in care, and families with peace of mind.
FCP Live-In is a Live-In Home Care company with over two decades of experience specializing in elderly care needs within the home. Our live-in caregiver staff provides an insurance policy of safe and supportive care, along with a 24-hour professional support system that starts with our direct care staff in the home and expands to a multi-faceted corporate structure that is there for the client and the Live-in Caregiver at all times.